Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ecuador Knew Assange Meddled In US Election

And for the most shocking news of the day...just kidding...everyone knew this.

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Tuesday his country was aware that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was interfering in the 2016 US presidential election from the safety of Ecuador's embassy in London, where he lived under political asylum until this year.

WD Unleashes its Fastest, Densest and Most Flexible Lineup

Western Digital today announced new additions and enhancements to its IntelliFlash data center systems portfolio, giving customers even greater choice and flexibility to design modern hybrid-cloud infrastructures that accelerate the speed of business and help extract greater value from data. By doubling available performance and density, combined with enhanced capabilities for data migration and hybrid-cloud mobility, Western Digital's IntelliFlash family of NVMe-flash, all-flash and hybrid-flash arrays delivers a superior overall value proposition for accelerating today's most demanding workloads and mission-critical applications where low latency and high data availability are paramount.

AI Tool Evaluates Embryo Candidates for Better IVF

There’s less than a 50 percent chance that a round of in vitro fertilization — one of the most common treatments for infertility, running up to $15,000 — will succeed. But those odds could be dramatically improved with an AI tool developed by researchers at Cornell University.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

CES Lifts Ban On Sex Tech, Bans Booth Babes

So, CES will allow dildos on display but now bans dong thongs. Got it.

“Booth personnel may not wear clothing that is sexually revealing or that could be interpreted as undergarments,” the new policy states. “Clothing that reveals an excess of bare skin, or body-conforming clothing that hugs genitalia must not be worn.”

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.2

AMD has released a brand new set of graphics card drivers today. This update to AMD's driver software suite brings new game support, stability updates and a host of other fixes. In addition to support for the Gears 5 BETA, the highlights of this latest driver release include:

Fixed Issues
  • Radeon ReLive streaming and uploading of videos and other content to Facebook™ is currently unavailable.
  • Textures in Star Wars® Battlefront II may appear pixelated or blurry when using DirectX®11 API.
  • With Radeon Image Sharpening enabled, Radeon Overlay may flicker in DirectX®9 applications or games.
  • Valve Index headset may experience flicker for approximately 30 seconds when launching SteamVR on AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics.
  • Auto Tuning controls in Radeon WattMan may fail to apply to per game profiles when global Radeon WattMan changes are made.
  • Some enemies may experience yellow texture/color corruption in DOOM™.
  • Auto Tuning features in Radeon WattMan may show max values instead of increased values when the Auto Tuning results screen is shown.
  • Radeon WattMan memory clock gauge may fail to update when memory clock changes have been made.
  • AMD Display Drivers may fail to uninstall when using express uninstall on Hybrid Graphics system configurations.
Known Issues
  • AMD Log Utility Driver may intermittently fail to install on Windows®7 system configurations.
  • Radeon Overlay may intermittently fail to appear when toggled in game.
  • Audio for clips captured by Radeon ReLive may be corrupted or garbled when desktop recording is enabled.
  • Minor stuttering may occur when playing Fortnite™ during the first few minutes of gameplay on AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics.
  • Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics may experience a black screen during uninstall on Windows®7 system configurations. A work around is to perform uninstall in safe mode.
  • Recording clips with Radeon ReLive may result in blank clips on Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics with Windows®7 system configurations.
  • League of Legends™ may fail to launch on Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics with Windows®7 system configurations.

Posts Not Showing Up Again

So that problem with news posts not showing up is back. We are looking into it. In the mean time, enter to WIN THIS and THIS!!!

It looks like we have a handle on things now, let me know if you see anything weird or out of place.

Bolshoi Theater Uses NVIDIA Technology

To enhance the set design process, Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Theater developed an internal cloud service, based on NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation (Quadro vDWS). This enables teams from multiple locations to work together on stage plans without meeting face to face. The cloud service also allows the Bolshoi to deliver breathtaking performances when they are touring the globe. Every stage, lighting rig and theater set-up is unique to each location, so the set design needs to be adjusted accordingly. Thanks to the cloud, touring teams can work hand-in-hand with those based in Moscow and save valuable time.

Innovation through Collaboration: Building Research Communities

As I discussed during my presentation at the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit in Detroit this week, continuing to achieve the types of gains Moore’s Law enables requires work that cannot be done in silos. Aligned to the ERI mission, Intel is pushing this forward through industry and academic collaborations. To move from lab research to real-world impact requires a truly integrated systems view and a commitment to collaboration across a spectrum of research areas.

Intel's 64-Chip Neuromorphic System, Delivers Breakthrough Results

Today, Intel announced that an 8 million-neuron neuromorphic system comprising 64 Loihi research chips — codenamed Pohoiki Beach — is now available to the broader research community. With Pohoiki Beach, researchers can experiment with Intel’s brain-inspired research chip, Loihi, which applies the principles found in biological brains to computer architectures. Loihi enables users to process information up to 1,000 times faster and 10,000 times more efficiently than CPUs for specialized applications like sparse coding, graph search and constraint-satisfaction problems.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Do GPUs Degrade in Performance Over Time?

I'm going to take a wild guess and say "no."

Obviously the particulars of how a GPU architecture ages are going to be specific to each architecture, and since this review didn’t focus on older cards from the Maxwell or Kepler era, we can’t speak to the situations with those GPUs. But as far as Pascal is concerned, Nvidia’s last-generation architecture appears to be aging quite well, while AMD has also improved on Vega’s performance.

Steam List GRID System Specs

The Steam page for GRID has been updated with the minimum and recommended PC specs listed for the game. The recommended specs are definitely above average:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64 bit Version of Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i3 2130 / AMD FX4300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GT 640 / HD7750
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 100 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
  • Additional Notes: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64 bit Version of Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i5 8600k / AMD Ryzen 5 2600x
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1080 / RX590
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 100 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
  • Additional Notes: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

Amazon Workers Striking On Prime Day

Yup, you read that right, the same ones that went on strike last year, are at it again. Remember, these are employees that make $16 - $20 an hour (+benefits)

In response to the upcoming Prime Day worker strike, Amazon released a statement that it's already offering what workers are asking for: "We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay -- ranging from $16.25 - $20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more." It also encouraged the public to take free tours of its facilities.

MSI MEG X570 Ace Review

Our friends at ThinkComputers have published a review of the MSI MEG X570 Ace motherboard this afternoon.

Today we are checking out another new X570 motherboard. This time it comes from MSI and it is their MEG X570 Ace. MSI has not changed their naming this generation so we know the MEG series is their premium line of motherboards. The MEG X570 Ace sits as MSI’s 2nd best motherboard in their X570 range of motherboards.

ASRock X570 Taichi Review

When you have a moment, head on over to Vortez and check out their review of the ASRock X570 Taichi motherboard.

The ASRock X570 Taichi is the latest in a line of premium motherboards that ASRock produce, offering a surfeit of features and performance. As you might have already heard, perhaps the biggest inclusion with the new X570 chipset is the long-awaiting PCI-E 4.0 specification, offering double the bandwidth, and full backwards compatibility, of the previous generation.

Deal of the Day

I know most of you are already shopping because of Amazon Prime Day, but I found this deal on a Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote (includes $45 Sling TV credit) for $4.99 shipped. Can't beat that.

Check out all the Prime Day deals here (this is an affiliate link. You get the same great low price, I get a small commission from the sale).

Epic Games Store Roadmap

Want to know what the Epic Games Store has in store for you over the next 6 months or so? Blue's News has all the info:

Near Term (1 - 3 Months)
  • Ubisoft Titles Require Large Installs
  • Brazilian Currency Support
  • Library Improvements
  • Cloud Saves
  • Store Video Hosting
  • Store Page Redesign
  • Improvements to Offline Mode
  • Improved Patch Sizes
  • Player Play Time Tracking
  • Humble Bundle Integration

Mid Term (4 - 6 Months)
  • User Reviews
  • Wishlists
  • Newsfeed and Follow Improvements
  • Price Adjusting Bundles
  • Additional Payment Methods
  • Additional Currencies
  • Mod Support for Games
  • Epic Games Overlay

What's Inside Your Cooler?

Do you guys know what is actually Inside Your Cooler? The folks at OCC have posted a video letting you know what is actually inside your cooler.

Cool Video of the Day

I love the TheBackyardScientist because of videos like this.

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X Video Review

For those of you too lazy to actually read a review, our friends at OCInside have posted a video review of the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X motherboard.

Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTER Review

Gigabyte's X570 AORUS MASTER motherboard is on the test bench at Vortez today. Here's a quote from the review to get you started:

The X570 AORUS MASTER is certainly up to the task at hand, starting with a trio of heatsink-equipped PCI-E 4.0 M.2 slots, as well as the same count of PCI-E 16x expansion slots, all featuring an ultra-durable PCI-E Armour.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT

The crew at LanOC have published a review of AMD's Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT video cards.

Well I’m a little late to the party on this one, during the mad dash to the combined NAVI and 3rd gen Ryzen launch I ran into a lot of issues with our GPU test bench and late in the process after spending almost a full week in the original testing I dropped everything to switch the bench over to X570 and redid all of the work. The good news that gave me time to come in with numbers running on a faster and more accurate system to what a lot of you might be looking to run the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT on.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sad / Heartwarming Story of the Day

This kid is a testament to gamers everywhere. Streaming as much as 10 hours a day to raise money for this father's cancer treatment.

Jony Ive’s Mistakes

It sure seems like a lot of these articles are popping up now that Jony Ive has parted ways (for the most part) with Apple.

The hockey puck mouse was awful. It was impossible to know whether you had it sideways, 45 degrees off, or what. It wasn’t the same shape as the human hand that would grasp it. It looked pretty, but it worked badly. You could only like it if you spent very little time using a mouse. If design is measured by how well something works, this was bad design.

Samsung May Develop Foldable Augmented Reality Glasses

Ummm, go ahead and give me  call when you guys can figure out foldable phones....then we'll talk foldable AR glasses.

Samsung is exploring the possibility of developing augmented reality glasses, based on one of its latest patent applications first spotted by Patently Apple. 

Congress Is Bad At Rocket League

Are you surprised? Congress is bad at everything.

The ESA paired up with Congress’ Future Forum caucus to teach members about the e-sports and gaming communities. A whole slate of members picked up the game and faced off head-to-head, teaming up with staff members. 

AMD Starts Direct CPU Sales With the Ryzen 9 3900X

You can now buy your AMD processor straight from the company now.

AMD is cutting out the middlemen (kinda). The company used to limit direct-to-consumer sales to limited edition products, but that changed with the Radeon VII's introduction earlier this year, and now it's started to sell the Ryzen 9 3900X on its website as well.

Facebook’s $5B Fine Is An Embarrassing Joke

If $5 billion is a joke, I wish the joke was on me.

Facebook’s stock went up after news of a record-breaking $5 billion FTC fine for various privacy violations broke today. That, as The New York Times’ Mike Isaac points out, is the real story here: the United States government spent months coming up with a punishment for Facebook’s long list of privacy-related bad behavior, and the best it could do was so weak that Facebook’s stock price went up.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cool Custom Build of the Day

I like this case (if you can call it that) way more than I should.

FTC Hits Facebook with $5 Billion Fine

I bet we see some changes around Facebook HQ now that the government is handing out whopping $5 billion fines. Then again...maybe not. Thanks to Duane P. (via Facebook) for the link.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. It's unclear how long it will take for the Justice Department to review the terms. In the meantime, important questions remain unanswered, including whether the FTC has opted to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally liable for the company’s privacy violations, and what sort of external oversight Facebook must submit to going forward.

Today We Spell Redemption AMD

The crew at Real Hardware Reviews have published a video review of the Ryzen 9 3900x and Ryzen 7 3700x.

AMD Its E3 RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 Pricing?

So this was AMD's plan all along? Piss off their fans with crazy pricing at E3, let NVIDIA trip up and then drop the boom (prices)? Tricky if true.

The strategy AMD employed was based on the competitive modelling of Nvidia’s Turing GPUs and what it was expected to release this year, based on die-size and corporate expectations of margin. And once Nvidia had made its move with the RTX Super cards just ahead of the Navi launch AMD “made the appropriate move not only to deposition their Super series,” says Herkelman, “but also to log jam their 2060 and 2070. Because we knew that they’re having slower success, and we wanted to do a double Jebait.”